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Dreamweaver MX 2004



3:04 am on Sep 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Just wondering if anyone has tried the new Dreamweaver yet and played around with the css aspects of it? If so, what do you think?



3:12 am on Sep 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I tried a Google search on this topic, and found a good number of reviews saying it was very poor.


3:23 am on Sep 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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i downloaded it the other day... to be honest, its not that impressive. they changed the 'skin' of it, and i think it looks sorta ugly-er.

though it does has enhanced style sheet supports. no more <font> tags being added in.

HOWEVER, it makes new styles for anything with minorly different changes... say your subtitle is red, bold, underlined, capitalized... and you decide in one that you dont want it capitalized... it will make a new style.

lame. instead of a page being filled with <font> tags... the head's of sites are going to be swarming with stray css. (im mostly talking about the newbies to the program, but still).

now flashmx04 on the otherhand... it seems kinda cool. more of a toy the anything else, but it has some cool components built in. and you can control anti-alising...
but its so limited. if you mask, move, or do anything with alised text... it will automatically revert back to anti-alised... which defeats teh whole purpose.


and that concludes my rant :D


10:11 am on Sep 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yep, I agree with Davis... I was bitterly disappointed by DWMX 2004. I used the demo for a couple of days. Apart from some UI improvements, the damn thing is slow as a dead elephant (on OS X at least... okay I don't have a G5 but DWMX is a good speed for me). They have concentrated on getting the CSS rendering right within the app itself and it's slowed everything right down.

IMO there is absolutely nothing for to justify upgrading my Studio MX package (FW doesn't seem much different either)... so at least Macromedia have done the honour of saving me a couple of hundred ;)


8:03 pm on Sep 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Fireworks MX2004 seems pretty nice. Not worth the $150 upgrade though :)


2:16 am on Sep 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It is definitely bloated and slow, no doubt.

The css enhancements are awesome but hardly enough to warrant upgrading.

I'd say stick to MX and get yourself a free copy of topstylelite.


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